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Off-Season: Things I Miss About Gainesville...

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by BobK89, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. gatorjerry

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    The building is still there but has been shut down for years.
     
  2. GolphinGator

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    There were 3 Doug’s Dairy Twirls. The one on 6th street then the one on Hawthorne road out by where the old Tackle Box use to be and one on Newberry Road across from where the Royal Park Theaters are
     
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  3. Sylez_G_Koolaid

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    This thread is good. A few years ago, I remember there was a website selling Burrito Brothers shirts (among other). I'd love to have one of those now.
     
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  4. BobK89

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    Same site sold Purple Porpoise shirts too
     
  5. 183gator

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    How about Pete's Gym ? - was downtown in old railroad station
     
  6. WhattaGator

    WhattaGator Ever Vigilant Psycho Mod Moderator VIP Member "Cook Shack Chef"

    When I was the Pitmaster for the three Sonny's in Broward county in '78, the food was good because they still had real pits.
    You had to take your wheelbarrow out back to the woodpile, and pick your wood, and feed it over the course of the day.

    Reak smoke equals real flavor.

    Sonny's has long given up on that, and has turned to what is now a glorified rotisserie that they occasionally put some wood chips on the bottom.
    There's absolutely NO comparison between the two...
    Sonny's is nowhere what it used to be.
     
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  7. gatorknights

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    I was wondering about that, because the Sonny's lately (several years actually) has gone WAY downhill, especially the one by Santa Fe.
     
  8. WhattaGator

    WhattaGator Ever Vigilant Psycho Mod Moderator VIP Member "Cook Shack Chef"

    Yep...

    They actually had the audacity to remove the two cooking racks from the open pit, and place that freaking contraption right into the pit where the wood usedd to go.
     
  9. gatorjerry

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    Nothing is left of ANY Sonny's anymore except the name. Sonny is long gone from the business (he is alive and well and living near High Springs). The meats are not cooked the same and corporate has changed all the recipes for the sides. Beans, cole slaw, potato salad are all crap. They all used to be delicious. Salad bar is downhill. Sonny's was one of the first places to have a salad bar and for years it was the best anywhere, not anymore.
    Some interesting reading here: Sonny Tillman
     
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  10. gatorgeezer

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    most of these are gone, the ville ain't the ville you remember.
     
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  11. BobK89

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    My first job at 17 was at a Sonny's in Tampa. They converted an old steak house into a Sonny's. First day on the job, the regional manager asked me to empty a tray of ashes into the dumpster. I took them to the huge, open top, construction dumpster and tossed them in. Two hours later, someone came in screaming, "THE DUMPSTER'S ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!"
     
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  12. gatorknights

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    Ooops! I hate when that happens. :D
     
  13. FatG8r

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    Yep, but I still have a couple of Jamis Boss Cruisers and get to see Bobby Frish every year at Daytona Bike Week under a bar's tent. I also can afford to drink better beer than Miester Brau, so I have that going for me:).
     
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  14. Bowiegator

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    Wow. Mama lo’s. That was awesome. Any chance a daughter took it over and still around? Loved that place. I was there 88 to 92. Went there every Friday for lunch it seems. My brother was there 84 to 88 so was exposed to best chicken wings ever at Ricky’s.
    Other favorites: Burrito Brothers, Joe’s Deli (gator tail), and Steamers. Also Babalou’s for my vinyl. What was the other music store closer to university in the shopping center very close to Babalou’s.
     
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  15. WhattaGator

    WhattaGator Ever Vigilant Psycho Mod Moderator VIP Member "Cook Shack Chef"

    If you miss the old Cole Slaw from Sonny's....

    Check out my recipe for slaw under "Salads and Slaws" in the Cook Shack
    You'll be surprised.
     
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  16. sierragator

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    Muschamp is gone now.....
     
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  17. gatorknights

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    Mama Lo's is gone from what I understand. Cheap, good, large servings of authentic soul food, perfect for a kid from MN on a budget.

    I remember Hyde & Zeke's on 16th or so, don't know if it was still there. Their cut out selections were really quite good.
     
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  18. TrueGator

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    Snuffy's burgers on University.
     
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  19. BobK89

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    Anyone remember Ralph's Hamburgers? Huge bags of fries there.
     
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    I worked at Pablo's Tunnel (1974-1979). Enormous volume of kegs rolling out , sorority girls pulling through topless.
    Great thread, all good memories. Gator Growl back then was huge, national coverage.